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The Cycle Path Olympics

The Cycle Path Olympics

Cycling is a race for many people, even if the only people they race with are their imaginary opponents on a cycle path. There is nothing quite like hearing someone change down gears after you have passed them, to then bury themselves to regain their imaginary first place from you. You watch their bodies rock and sway, their head slowly dropping lower as their energy dwindles. Their body starts to sag, hanging from their hands, which hold onto their bars with a death grip, all while you wonder, “Why?”

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Squid SO-EZ Quick Tracklocross Bike Check

Squid SO-EZ Quick Tracklocross Bike Check

Up on YouTube is a quick look at my Squid SO-EZ build. The SO-EZ is my go-to tracklocross bike for when the trail gets a bit more technical. It reminds me of a 90’s mountain bike and makes me want to skid around every corner with a huge smile across my face.

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Ulysses the Tracklocross

Ulysses the Tracklocross

As we head into winter, I always feel the urge to ride my bike more. I guess this may seem strange to some people, particularly those of the fair-weather cyclist variety, but I hate the heat and riding in summer makes me mostly feel horrible. I guess this is because I am Scottish, and my beard tries to be ginger.

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YouTube Video Series: What is Tracklocross

YouTube Video Series: What is Tracklocross

I’ve started a new series on YouTube exploring what is tracklocross. The first is a quick video explaining what tracklocross is to me; I hope you’ll find it a fun little video. Next week there will be video uploads exploring the parts of tracklocross bikes and possibly a rant on why steel is best.

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Riding Uphill on a Tracklocross Bike

Riding Uphill on a Tracklocross Bike

Riding uphill is often considered the bane of riding a fixed gear or tracklocross bike, but it isn’t. I will give you the number one tip for going uphill right here. See if you want to get off and push or sit down for a minute? Do it. You shouldn’t care what anyone else says. The people who want to suffer can suffer. Keep cycling fun, and do you and don’t feel pressure to be superhuman.

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Tracklocross: In Praise of a Simple Bike

Tracklocross: In Praise of a Simple Bike

The other day at work, I built up a wheelie bike for a new project. It struck me that this bike is so simple. The wheelie bike has stripped away what you don’t need, and you have a bike that is just simply a bike. It is a bike that will work, and you don’t need any bike trade marketing to dictate the features on the bike. The kid pulling wheelies down your road is who the bike is designed around, not marketing. In short, this is why I also love tracklocross.

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A Little Tracklocross Ride Through Glasgow Green

The other day I went for a ride on the Surly Steamroller through Glasgow Green and Richmond Park. The weather was that terrible dreich weather that we have been having this winter. Cold, grey and rainy; honestly, it totally sucks. Nice to see a lot of people out on walks, though.